Paying for Care

Over the last four decades, both the public and private sectors have experimented with payment approaches designed to change provider behavior, motivating providers to deliver better care at lower cost.

Since the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, RAND Health has led the way in efforts to understand the links between physician payment, quality of care, and system cost.

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  • Journal Article

    Measuring the Quality Of Community-Based Programs for Seriously Ill Patients

    Jul 19, 2017

    There are many challenges in measuring quality of care for seriously ill patients. Potential solutions to improve community-based programs that treat these patients include engaging in communication, shared decisionmaking, and advance care planning.

  • Research Brief

    MACRA's Effects on Medicare Payment Policy and Spending

    May 3, 2017

    RAND researchers used the RAND Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM) to estimate how sensitive physician behavior is to the design of alternative payment models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

  • Report

    Policy Options for Regulating Out-of-Network Hospital Charges

    Nov 22, 2016

    The New Jersey state legislature is debating proposals to limit payments for involuntary out-of-network care. Researchers analyzed the role of these payments in hospitals' financial performance and simulated the effect of policies limiting such payments.

  • Report

    Developing Codes to Capture Post-Operative Care

    Jul 19, 2016

    In response to a request from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), RAND developed a set of nonpayment codes to collect information on the number and level of post-operative visits.

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